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10 Best Activities for a Summer to Remember in Monaco

June 21, 2019 Visit Europe No Comments Email Email

Hope this note finds you well. I’m writing to see if you’re working on any travel stories on Europe – or Monaco, more specifically, and might be keen to feature some of the best activities to experience to enjoy a memorable summer in Monaco?

On behalf of Visit Monaco, we’d like to present you a list of the 10 best activities to experience for a summer to remember in Monaco.

  1. Stay at Hôtel de Paris

Enter a world of old-world opulence at the king of palaces: Hôtel de Paris in Monte-Carlo. The Principality’s latest feat is the stunning 270 million Euro revamp of the Hotel de Paris, a hotel that Prince Charles III had built in 1863 to be the most luxurious in the world. Today, the hotel boasts a total of 207 rooms, 60% of which are suites and include two of the most exceptional ones on the Riviera – the Suite Princess Grace and Suite Princess Rainier III. A stay here will promise that you feel just like royalty.

  1. Visit the Casino de Monte-Carlo 

The gem in the crown of Monte-Carlo – you can’t miss a stop at the Casino de Monte-Carlo. Several James Bond movies and Ocean Twelve had long sequences shot there. Since 1863, the legendary casino has offered only the best to its prestigious customers, so make sure you stop by here for a full Monte-Carlo experience. Dress code is a bit more contemporary nowadays and tuxedos are no longer required. The Casino also witnesses a spectacular thematic refresh every season, launched through an unreal evening enjoyed by the Royals and high rollers.

  1. Participate in the Summer Sporting Festival 

If you’re in Monaco for the summer, there’s one thing you’ll hear that’s the talk of the town and that’s the Summer Sporting Festival. Started in 1974 with Frank Sinatra, it has since become one of the most prestigious on the now crowded summer circuit. Once again, this year’s line-up will enthuse the happy few, with acts including Vanessa Paradis, Enrique Iglesias, John Legend and more taking to the stage. The Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival is symbolic of the spirit of the Monaco community – friendly, lively, vibrant, and oh so chic!

  1. Party at Jimmy’z 

The VIP’s favourite club on the French Riviera is where you go to see and be seen. Decks spun by the world’s top DJs and Methuselahs of champagne reign supreme. For more than 40 years, Jimmy’z Club has attracted the crème of the crop, thanks to its outstanding setting, electric atmosphere and cutting-edge programming, which have seen some of the hottest names in EDM hit the club’s turntables, including Robin Schulz, Lost Frequencies and Bob Sinclar.

  1. Enjoy fresh local produce at Marché de la Condamine 

Fully renovated, the famous Marché de la Condamine reopened in June 2012, faithful to its Mediterranean style and retaining the warm friendly Provencal spirit, characteristic of the people there. Open every day all year round and accommodating Monaco’s chic version of a food court, it features more than 20 stalls offering fresh local cuisine cooked daily. Three zones within the market are fully equipped with colourful metal furniture and cosy lighting, encouraging mingling with the locals and sellers on site. Don’t miss out on trying the Monegasque specialities such as socca, barbagiuans, and fougasse. On the market square outside of the pavilion, a range of gardeners, florists and small local producers abound – a feast to the eyes and ready for you to take away.

  1. Pamper yourself at Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo 

Priding itself as a haven of luxury dedicated to wellness, beauty and performance, step into bliss with the Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo, where innovation and a 160-year old savoir-faire come into one at this luxurious facility dedicated to wellness. Take your pick from a range of treatments, from a table shower massage using shea butter to an ‘Absolu Spa’ – the quintessential spa package with three body treatments, complemented by a 60-minute facial treatment. If you’re game, try the famous Cryotherapy treatment which has served stars Daniel Craig and Cristiano Ronaldo. 

  1. Lounge at Twiga, a new pop-up at Le Meridien Beach Plaza 

The newest addition to Monaco’s beach and nightlife entertainment is the Twiga Beach Club at Le Meridien Beach Plaza Hotel. Located on Avenue Princesse Grace, the prestigious Le Meridien enjoys a privileged waterfront position. Twiga Beach Club will occupy a wide area on Le Meridien’s ground floor all the way down to the hotel’s private beach – equipped with 200 sun beds and 4 VIP tents. A mix of authentic Italian cuisine and contemporary Japanese cuisine by the award-winning Sumosan Restaurant flanks the space, giving guests the ultimate beach time experience, from 11am to 8pm daily.

  1. Enjoy the best seafood at Les Perles de Monte-Carlo 

If freshly shucked oysters, sea bass and lobster are everything your dreams are made of, say no further. An oyster bar located at the very tip of the Port de Fontvieille jetty in Monaco, is where you’ll find Les Perles de Monte-Carlo. Delectable seafood delights come your way, served by friendly team members who are also Marine biologists and who, some years ago, attracted Leonardo di Caprio’s attention and enthusiasm on Twitter! With a brilliant view of the sea and tucked neatly below the Prince’s Palace, who could say no? 

  1. Play pétanque at Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel and Resort 

The French would have had you believe that they invented the game, but the origins of Pétanque can be traced as far back as Ancient Greece when people played games which involved tossing coins and stones. The Ancient Romans then came up with the idea of adding a target – in the case of the French interpretation of the game is called a “cochonnet” (the literal translation being “piglet” in English). To date, it is arguably one of France’s most popular sports. How to play like a local? You ask. Have yourself a sip from a glass of Pastis, get in line and throw a metal ball (called boule) as close as you can to a small wooden target ball (the jack/cochonnet).

  1. Arrive and depart – James Bond style – via Monacair helicopter transfers 

There’s nothing that screams James Bond more than a swanky arrival and departure via a helicopter transfer and thanks to Monacair, Monaco-owned helicopter service, you can now enjoy true James Bond treatment. Enjoy the charms of the Cote d’Azur from the skies with a 180° sweeping view from Cannes (France) to Bordighera (Italy) while – away to the north – the snow-capped Alps mountains greet your arrival in the most exclusive place on the Mediterranean.

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